Apollo Secondary bids farewell to long-serving teachers

Mrs R Singh and Mrs R Govender.

Apollo Secondary School bid farewell to two of its long serving and dedicated teachers, recently. Mrs R Govender (Veni) and Mrs R Singh (Romie) stepped into a much-deserved retirement however, they will certainly miss their colleagues and pupils immensely.

Singh commenced her teaching career at Asoka Secondary School in 1977 under Vasie Nair. She taught at Asoka for 12 years before being promoted as HOD at Rydal Park Secondary in Phoenix in 1989. She served there for three years before being transferred to Apollo Secondary in 1992.

She served for 26 years at Apollo Secondary, and acted as deputy principal from 2014 to 2017. She served a total of 41 years of teaching. She has taught across a wide spectrum of education departments, the State Aided Education, the apartheid era, House of Delegates and the Democratic Education Dispensation.

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She proudly said, “I believe strongly in this quote by Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Therefore each pupil should do everything possible to obtain the best education. Hard work, commitment and dedication will ensure success. If you dream it, you can achieve it.”

The dedicated teacher added, “To the parents and the community of Umhlatuzana, thanks for your co-operation and support at Apollo Secondary. I enjoyed interacting with them and acknowledge the concerns they have for their children. Thanks to Mr S Moodley, staff and governing body of the school for all the support over the years.”

Govender commenced her teaching career at AYS Memorial Primary in 1978. She taught there for three years before moving to Nizam Road Primary where she remained until 1985. She then moved to Merebank High where she served from 1986 to 1989. Finally, she was transferred to Apollo Secondary where she taught from 1989 to 2018.

Govender said, “Bidding farewell after more than half my lifetime is the single most difficult task I have ever had to perform. What will stand out in my heart and mind as I look back on the past 40 years of teaching, is the amazing individuals who shared this journey with me, individuals who mentored and helped shape the woman I am today. However, the ones who have made an indelible mark on me forever are my pupils.”

She said they were her challenges and her best rewards. She also felt very emotional when pupils asked her not to leave.

She always believes that everything has a beginning and an end. The timing to end this chapter of her life seems as right as it could be. Govender thanked all the wonderful people whom she have shared this amazing journey with.

The principal, staff, governing body and pupils placed on record their sincere gratitude to these two teachers who have given off the best years of their adult lives to serve the community. They will always be grateful for the thousands of hours of enriching the lives of pupils.

Nikita Chiniah

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